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Pasadena Museum of History


Pasadena Museum of History was founded as Pasadena Historical Society in 1924, just 50 years after the first members of the Indiana Colony settled along the banks of the Arroyo Seco. The original mission, which remains essentially unchanged today, was to collect, preserve, and exhibit materials that documented the founding and early history of the city. This was an ambitious, forward-looking mission statement in 1924, when the collections filled just one filing cabinet!

The museum’s collection got its first real home in 1932 in a room specifically designed for it as part of the new Civic Auditorium. By 1958, it had outgrown that space, so it was moved to the Pasadena Public Library, where it was staffed by its own volunteers.

Since 1970, thanks to a generous gift from the Paloheimo family, the Museum has been headquartered on the two-acre grounds of the Fenyes Estate, a Pasadena Cultural Landmark that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Research Library and Archives' holdings include:

* Book Collection
* Ephemera
* Manuscripts
* Maps
* Newspapers
* Periodicals
* Photo Archives
* Special Collections

Contact Information:

Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Telephone: (626) 577-1660
Email: research@pasadenahistory.org

SHOW DETAILS
Description: Parts 1-3: Interview with Colletta Clark Parts 4-6: Interview with Ralph Riddle Parts 6-7: Interview with Mac Robinson Parts 7-8: Interview with Rosalind Stocks Part 9: Interview with Clara CarrBiographical notes: Colletta Clark's family moved to Pasadena from Portland in February of 1922. Ralph Riddle was the first black officer in Pasadena in 1946. Mac Robinson (July 18, 1914 – March 12, 2000) won a silver medal in 1936 Olympics. When he came back from Olympics, he had very...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Clark,...
Description: The Grant Family was one of the prominent families in Pasadena's African American community. Earl Grant was the President of Family Savings and Loan Association.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 3/4 inch videotapeCall Number: BH-BC-18; BH-BC-19; BH-BC-13Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Grant, Earl
Description: Interview with Ray Bartlett. The Bartlett family is one of Pasadena's prominent families. Ray Bartlett pioneered in many fields, among them the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Public Social Services, and was Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Warren Dorn. Some of his most outstanding contributions were with the Y.M.C.A. and in the area of law enforcement.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Source: 1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotapeCall Number: BH-BC-13Rights:...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Bartlett, Ray
Description: Interview with Mrs. Ruth Wright. Ruth Wright was born in Pasadena and her family is one of the pioneer families of Pasadena. Her parents moved to Pasadena from Georgia in 1906 where her father got a job hauling objects for other people and businesses. She was married to John Wright, the founder of the Pasadena NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). She was a member of the First African Methodist Church, which she joined when she was 12 years...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Wright, Ruth
Description: Interview with Benjamin McAdoo, Pasadena pioneer, on his 94th birthday celebration. The McAdoo family came to California in 1899 and settled in Pasadena in 1900. The family ran many businesses in Pasadena.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Source: 4 Tapes of 4: 3/4 inch videotapeCall Number: BH-BC-8; BH-BC-9; BH-BC-10; BH-BC-12Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, McAdoo,...
Description: This interview with Leona and Garfield Lee. Garfield Lee and Leona Jackson married on January 23rd, 1913. Garfield served as a valet butler for 47 years. Mrs. Leona Lee was the first African American ever hired as a manicurist to work on white customers.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Source: 1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotapeCall Number: BH-BC-3Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Lee, Leona,...
Description: Interview with Edna Banks, who belonged to one of the prominent African American families in Pasadena. She talks about transportation, means of entertainment, job opportunities and the role of churches in lives of African Americans in Pasadena.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Source: 1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotapeCall Number: BH-BC-14Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Banks, Edna
Note: The interview ends at 9:43 of part 4. There is a recording of different content on part 4, beginning at 10:08 and continues to the end.Description: Includes the Grant Family history and interview with Mrs. Brooks. The Grant family was a very prominent and successful family in Pasadena. The family was responsible for starting a branch of Family Savings & Loan Association, the nation’s largest savings and loan owned by African Americans at the time. Collection Guide: Black History...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Grant,...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note: Interview starts at 00:03:30.Description: Edna Banks interview on July 31, 1984. Mr. Banks also joins conversation at times in this interview. Edna Banks belonged to one of the prominent African American families in Pasadena. She was educated at UCLA. She talks about transportation, means of entertainment for African Americans in Pasadena, job opportunities for blacks and the role of churches in lives of African Americans in Pasadena.Collection Guide: Black History Collection,...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Banks, Edna
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: Interviews with Theodore Bartlett, realtor, from Pasadena, and Jonas J. James, American Legionaire, from Pasadena.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Call Number: BH-AC-7Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Bartlett,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: The Hunter family is one of the prominent African American families in Pasadena.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Call Number: BH-AC-15Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements,...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Hunter,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note: Beginning of part 1 has music in the background and hiss going in and out from the beginning to 00:13:05, and 00:20:45 to the end.Description: Interview with Kevin Brechner, who lived at the Hotel Carver after it became artists' studios in the 1970s. Hotel Carver was the only hotel owned and managed by African American Percy Carter, Sr. in the 1940s and 1950s.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Call Number: BH-D9-1; BH-AC-8Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Brechner,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Additional Title: Alice Bugg: Educator, LeaderDescription: Interview with leader and educator Alice Bugg.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Call Number: BH-AC-1Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Bugg, Alice
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note: Beginning of part 1 has music in the background and hiss going in and out from the beginning to 00:13:05, and 00:20:45 to the end.Description: Includes the Mims Family history. Don Mims was a teacher in the Los Angeles public school system. LeRoy Mims and his wife Rosebud owned a joint barber shop-beauty salon in Pasadena in 1959. Includes the Ballard Family history and interview with Ora Ballard. The Ballard family is one of the pioneer families in Pasadena. They moved to Los Angeles in...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Mims Family
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: Interview with Naima Olugbala, Director of Omawale Ujamaa School in Pasadena.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Call Number: BH-AC-11Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Olugbala,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: Ralph Riddle was the first black officer in Pasadena in 1946.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Riddle, Ralph
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note: Part 1 ends abruptly.Description: The Carr family is one of Pasadena's pioneer families. Clara's father-in-law came to California in 1898 and settled in Pasadena in 1900.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Carr, Clara,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: Narrative of the life of Tom Nelson, a former Army Officer who fought for rights of African Americans to buy properties in exclusive residential sections of Pasadena. The proper title of narrative, as read by Tom Nelson, is "Pasadena History of the family of James Newton and Lucy Nelson, Lucille Helen Wertz Nelson and Thomas W. Nelson." According to consent documentation Mr. Nelson "refers to a Rev. Troy Owens [at 28:25]. It should be [Rev.] Owens...
Topics: californialightandsound, Nelson, Tom, Newton, James, Nelson, Lucy, Nelson, Lucille Helen Wertz,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note: Part 1 ends abruptly.Description: Interview with Mrs. Ruth Wright. Ruth Wright was born in Pasadena and her family is one of the pioneer families of Pasadena. Her parents moved to Pasadena from Georgia in 1906 where her father got a job hauling objects for other people and businesses. She was married to John Wright, the founder of the Pasadena NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). She was a member of the First African Methodist Church, which she joined when...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Wright, Ruth
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: Interview with Gene Stevenson, the founder of Theater Owners Booking Association (TOBA), established in 1974 for minority performers in the greater Los Angeles area.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Call Number: BH-AC-4Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Stevenson,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note: Both parts end abruptly.Description: Rosalinda Stocks' family member James "Slick" Stocks was a great athlete and worked with US Postal Services.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Stocks,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note: Ends abruptly.Description: Mac Robinson (July 18, 1914 - March 12, 2000) won a silver medal in 1936 Olympics. When he came back from the Olympics, he had very hard time finding a job in Pasadena.Collection Guide: Black History Collection, 1984-1999Rights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Pasadena Museum of History. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pasadena (Calif.), African American--California--Los Angeles, Robinson, Mac
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette